While we’re slowly easing out of hurricane season, flu season is sneaking in. There’s no way to inoculate yourself against unpredictable weather, but you can certainly do you best to protect against that dreaded annual viral infection! Do you have questions? We have answers, courtesy of the CDC…
When should I get vaccinated?
Flu vaccinations are usually available beginning in August, and experts suggest getting the shot by the end of October, when the earliest outbreaks can start occurring. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop, so plan accordingly.
What are the benefits of flu vaccination? It can…
- keep you from getting sick with flu.
- reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization, including among children and older adults.
- Serves as an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions.
- protect women during and after pregnancy, and protect a baby by passing on mom’s antibodies. may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
- protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.
Where can I get a flu vaccine in West St. Tammany Parish?
1655 US-190, Mandeville; (985) 778-2306; mvpdrugs.com
Passport Health Clinic
100 Innwood Dr., Covington; (504) 456-8515; www.passporthealthusa.com
St. Tammany Parish Hospital Community Wellness Center
1505 N. Florida St., Covington; (985) 871-6030; www.stph.org/CommunityWellness
Multiple Locations; www.cvs.com/minuteclinic
Multiple Locations; www.walgreens.com